As an actor, these kinds of big-comedic-centerpiece characters is just one thing that I love to do.

It is mind-boggling to me that there are so few movies about female friendship, considering women make up half the movie-going population.

There's a certain truism that you can't be self-conscious in comedy.

It took me a solid four or five years to feel really comfortable in front of the camera.

By 12, my body had changed, although instead of blossoming into Cindy Mancini from 'Can't Buy Me Love,' I more closely resembled Chunk from 'The Goonies.' My inside world may have been filled with a poetic and vital feminine life force, but the outside world saw and told me otherwise.

Twitter's a lot of work! That's the first thing I would say. There's so much pressure to be funny.

When you're having a good time working on something, and you all like each other, it shows in ways that you don't even realize.

While I appreciate horror movies, I'd love the opportunity to do something transformative, especially because people see me as contemporary. There's a lot to explore in my career that could take me back to another time. A period piece would be an incredible game of dress-up, too.

Acting was the place where I could be free and feel confident.

For years, I said I didn't want to do television. It was just a hard 'no.' I didn't want to read anything. It didn't matter what it was - it was just 'no.'

I think 'Nick and Norah' was a huge deal for me. It was my first foray into the studio world, and that character was such a gift.

If I'm gonna stay in this world of comedy, then it has to be a really special character to me in a really smart piece of material.

I feel like I'm sort of afraid to study too much because I feel like I work as I go, but I want to study the classics and also the technical aspects of things. I'm always looking to understand more.

I'm an only child, and in college, I was given a single, and then I lived with people for, like, two years but were my best friends, and we had a really fun time. And then I lived alone or with a boyfriend. I've never really had a bad roommate situation.

There's pressure to come up with something genius every time. I feel like I keep letting myself down with my Twitter posts. I have to start keeping a journal of rough drafts of prophetic ideas about the world.

You can't please everybody. All you can do is please yourself.

I've started to get more stage fright the older I get.

Numb3rs' was a wonderful gift because I had not worked in six months. It was so fun to be on that set doing these crazy things.

I started acting because it was essentially the way I needed to survive and equalize my inner life.

All we can do in life is push through the things that make us afraid and try to be better.

On stage, you have nothing to hide behind. It allows the work to live in a more organic place. It's almost like a meditation. You have to go on that stage and be as present as possible.

There's a lot of schlock out there.

While I'm Jewish, the Hasidic world is still foreign to me. But I do understand some of the ideas of tradition and family and faith of our shared culture.

Humans are complex, and I think in entertainment in general, it's very easy to put people in boxes.

When you get into comparisons in any way of, 'we want it to be like this' or 'we don't want it to be like this,' it takes away from the authenticity of what you're trying to say and what you're trying to make.

Onstage was where I felt the most confident and in control and free, and as I've gotten older, it's gotten more and more daunting. And I think that's also part of my desire to keep confronting that and pushing through to find that childlike or youthful ignorance against fear and keep at it.

I did babysit a little bit when I was young. I prefer babysitting for babies. I always loved babies. I was not as great with kids that wanted to be entertained and that wanted to talk.

Henry Winkler is the most lovable man. He is like everybody's favorite grandfather.

When I was a kid, I did dial the 900 numbers out of curiosity, but I was such a goodie-two-shoes that I immediately hung up because I didn't want it showing up on the bill.

I've always just admired women who were able to navigate through dramatic and comedic waters and sort of do it all.

My worst nightmare when I was in school was that I would get into trouble. I never got in trouble. I was a good student.

I've always sort of felt like I was from another time. The '70s is more my vibe. The clothes fit me better.

Our everyday lives exist with comedy and tragedy next to each other.

I was the girl who got out of my athletic requirement by managing the boys' sports teams. Which is pretty ingenious, because when I was a sophomore, I got a prom date out of it. That was really strong planning on my part.

Not one person has ever sent me a drink because I was Caroline in 'Nick and Norah.' People reference it; people say really nice things about it, but I was sure I would be getting more free drinks.

The truth is, there are so few female roles in movies. That's really limiting. As an actor, you wanna be able to sink your teeth into something. You don't want to just be the best friend. You don't want to just be the girlfriend.

I've done a bunch of Broadway, so I'm a theater nerd when I come to New York.

I would love to be doing more voice-over work. It's such a fun and free playground to take risks, play around, and get sort of ridiculous.

When you look at all of the male characters on television and in film, it's not like every one of them are the people doing the right thing that you can point to as your own moral compass. We need to have all kinds of characters represented.

I think the world of comedy is a relatively small community, and especially for women in comedy, there just aren't that many people involved.

I require a lot of stimulation, and there's so much I've learned being in front of the camera, I felt like I had more to give behind it.

It's such a tough business. And once people see you a certain way, it's really hard for them to change their minds about you.

The worst thing you can have as an actor is too big an ego. It just kills creativity.

For all creative people, that's sort of everyone's journey. You feel something inside, and it takes a while to figure out what that looks like and what your voice is.

I think most people have experienced that at some point: being on one end or the other of a super-unbalanced relationship.

As an actor, there's no faking it.

Regardless of what kind of film, the number one rule of comedy is to never take yourself too seriously and then the next rule is you can't have any self-consciousness, otherwise it kills the laugh, and that will never change.

The Bowery Hotel is always a great place to meet people for drinks. It's so cozy in there, especially in the late fall and winter.

The language can be different, but the emotional lives are the same no matter whether you're doing Shakespeare or Stoppard or something else... The emotional life is all the same.